Why ODU for Nurse Midwifery?

This is a two-year program offered jointly with Shenandoah University in northern Virginia. 

You'll take online advanced practice nursing courses from ODU for the first year. The second year, you'll take courses in the Nurse-Midwifery program at Shenandoah University, learning to care for the health of women and newborn infants. That will include clinical work. 

You'll receive a Master of Science in Nursing from ODU and a certificate of endorsement in nurse-midwifery from Shenandoah University.

ODU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Shenandoah University's Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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Required Courses

  • 45 credit hours

You'll take advanced practice nursing courses online from ODU for the first year. The second year, you'll take courses in the Nurse-Midwifery program at Shenandoah University.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. This program requires a practicum. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Nurse Midwifery

With training in nurse midwifery, you will be qualified for positions in:

  • Family practice and primary care
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics and neonatal nursing
  • Women’s health and obstetrics
  • HMO/Insurance
  • Public and community health

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for nurse midwifery licensure in your state.

We encourage you to check your state's licensure requirements before applying to ODU.

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How to Apply

In addition to meeting general requirements for graduate admission, you must have:

  • a current license as a registered nurse,
  • a bachelor's degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program or in a related field, and 
  • one year of recent clinical nursing experience (preferably after receiving your bachelor's degree).

Please review complete application details and deadlines on ODU's School of Nursing website.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.